Image: M8 Armoured Car (U.S. National Archive)
YearMarch 1943
Vehicle Type[@type]
Origin & Designer[@designer]
Numbers Produced8.523
Crew4 (Commander/Gunner, Loader, Driver & Assistant Driver)
Main Armament1 x 37mm L/53 M6 Gun
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-10° to +20°
Turret Traverse360° (Powered)
Gun Traverse[@gun_traverse]
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun Sight5.0m
Secondary Armament1 x .50 cal M2HB Heavy Machine Gun (AA Mount)
1 x .30 cal M1919A4 Machine Gun (Coaxial).
Smoke DischargerSmoke Pots
Ammunition Carried80 x 37mm & 400 x .50 cal + 1.500 x .30 cal & 4 x Smoke
Combat Weight7.890m
Ground Clearance0.29m
Fording Depth0.61m
Trench Crossing0.46m
Obstacle Clearance0.30m
Climbing Ability31°
RadioSCR 506/508
ArmourUpper Hull Front: 15.9mm.
Lower Hull Front: 19mm.
Upper Hull Sides: 9.53mm.
Lower Hull Sides: 9.53mm.
Hull Rear: 9.53mm.
Hull Top: 6.43mm.
Hull Bottom: 6.4mm.
Gun Mantlet: 25mm.
Turret Front: 19mm.
Turret Sides: 19mm.
Turret Rear: 19mm.
Turret Top: Open.
EngineHercules JXD (Petrol)
Transmission4 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range347 miles (560 km)
Maximum Cross Country Range[@maximum_cross_country_range]
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed62 mph (100 kph)
Maximum Cross Country Speed29 mph (48 kph)
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
NotesThe M8 the main Armoured Car issued to US forces in World War Two, initially the military required a tank destroyer with a fully armoured turret to replace the M6 GMC but after the need for a more powerful gun they idea was dropped and the vehicle became the M8. It was fast and reliable and the 37mm M6 Gun though light could hold its own against German armoured cars. The M8 first saw action in Italy in cavalry reconnaissance troops and went on the serve on all fronts and later in the Korean War.